What was your first job at UNCW? In the English department, where I ended up teaching for 36 years!
What brought you to Academic Affairs? When Marvin Moss came in as provost, he was looking for someone in the faculty to be a liaison [to the provost’s office], so I began a half-time appointment: half-time in the department of English teaching and half-time working with him. That continued through the following provost up to now with Dr. Sheerer. I officially retired from the English department in 2002, but John Cavanaugh, who was the provost at that time, said, “Well, that doesn’t mean you retire from the university – you just retire from the English department.” And so I continued my 20-hour a week appointment, but I haven’t taught since 2002.
What’s been your favorite aspect of your current role? I am the liaison for the Faculty Senate, so I still keep up with the concerns of the faculty. I’ve also been able to see how the administrative side works, including the constraints and the deadlines. And I have enjoyed both of those perspectives.
What about when you were an English professor? Well, clearly anybody who bothers to become a teacher enjoys the subject matter and discussing it with others who are also interested. I taught freshman composition as well as my area of specialty, which was medieval literature. It’s every teacher’s goal to demonstrate the importance, the appeal, of a particular subject or field to those who don’t come to it automatically – those who are required to take it for graduation and that sort of thing.
Do you miss teaching? I do. I miss the students. I miss the interaction in the class. I do not miss departmental meetings, grading papers, or debating the grades on those papers!
How have you seen UNCW’s campus change over the years? I was a double music and history major here in ’61 and ’62 when it was Wilmington College and there were only three buildings. Alderman housed the library, and the bookstore was one little section of James Hall. There were classrooms upstairs at Alderman and in Hoggard, and the music department was the second floor of James.
How long do you plan to stay at UNCW? Always, as long as the provost is amenable and as long as I feel like I can help in some way. They call me their history book around here.
What has it been like to be with the same institution for so long? It has been a privilege to be part of an institution that has grown in size and has maintained quality. And I’ve worked with some great people. I have been very fortunate with the opportunities that I’ve had. And so I would just call all of it a blessing. Carol was interviewed by Caitlin Taylor ’18M.